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WFAN Wonders If Boomer Esiason Era Is Worst In New York Sports History

“Esiason said the next Giants leader would be the 50th different head coach in the city since he began at WFAN in 2007.”

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It’s been no secret that New York’s pro sports teams have struggled mightily to produce championship-winning and championship-caliber seasons over the last decade.

Sure, the Giants won Super Bowls in 2007 and 2011, and the Yankees did win the World Series in 2009. But since 2011, no other New York or New Jersey team has won a title in a major professional sport. You do have a New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2011, followed up with a New York Rangers Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2014, and Mets World Series run in 2015 that inspired hope in New Yorkers too.

But sprinkled in between all that have been plenty of seasons and coaches that have frustrated one of the nation’s most passionate sports fan hubs.

Over on WFAN on Wednesday, Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannatti discussed the carousel that has spun at a surprising pace for sports teams in the city.

With the announcement that Joe Judge would indeed no longer be the head coach of the Giants, Esiason said the next Giants leader would be the 50th different head coach in the city since he began at WFAN in 2007.

“The Devils have had seven, the Knicks have had seven, the Nets have had seven, the Islanders and Rangers have had five, the Mets have had six, and the Jets and Giants getting ready to hire their fifth,” Esiason said.

“The Yankees are the most stable franchise of all, believe it or not, and it’s easy to understand why,” he added. “Brian Cashman has been the general manager since I’ve been here. He had (Joe) Torre, didn’t re-up him. Had (Joe) Girardi, had a 10 year run, didn’t re-up him, and now he has Aaron Boone.”

Gio asked if that list included interim head coaches, and Esiason said he only considered a couple. CBS Sports Network, which simulcasts Boomer and Gio on TV, showed a graphic outlining all the different New York coaches since 2017.

The two agreed former Jets coach Adam Gase was the worst of them all, but he had company, according to Esiason, with the most recent Giants coach.

“Joe Judge is right there with him right now,” he said.

They then recapped the Mets run at managers and the failed coaches of the Knicks before Gio summed things up.

“Just shows you how much of an abyss this has been,” he said. “A negative abyss.”

WFAN tweeted the conversation and asked the question if this was currently the worst era in New York sports history. One could make a point in favor of that notion, and it doesn’t seem like there’s much end in sight, at least not in the near future.

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Rob Dibble, 97.9 ESPN Help Collect Nearly 5,000 Turkeys

“This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”

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97.9 ESPN Hartford host Rob Dibble helped collect more than 5,000 frozen turkeys and over 8m000 pounds of non-perishable foood items last week.

The station, along with other iHeart Connecticut stations, also raised more than $189,000 during the 23rd annual Turkey Tuesday at Connecticut Foodshare’s headquarters.

“We are continually grateful of the outpouring of donations from our listeners and Connecticut community on our annual events to ensure a Thanksgiving for all,” said iHeartMedia Hartford and New Haven Vice President of Marketing Vanessa Wojtusiak. “This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”

Dibble has been a longtime support of Connecticut Foodshare, hosting its director Al Marino on his show several times throughout the year to ensure families in Connecticut have access to the food bank.

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Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement

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Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.

“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”

Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.

After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.

Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.

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Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week

“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”

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It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.

“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.

“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”

Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.

They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.

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